<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Katchushi Tsuba</TITLE> <META content="text/html; charset=UTF-16" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=Author content="Elliott Long"> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 9.00.8112.16584"></HEAD> <BODY background="stuff_files/bg2.jpg"> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=top width=755> <P align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+4 face=Papyrus>KO-KATCHUSHI Tsuba</FONT></B></P><BR> <DIV align=right> <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="70%" cols=3> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <CENTER><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Return to <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Collective</A></FONT></CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></DIV></TD> <TD width="20%"><IMG src="stuff_files/tsuba kanji.jpg" width=180 height=200></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER>&nbsp; <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="100%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>Provenance:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Elliott Long<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Alex Aspinall</FONT></B></TD> <TD align=center><B><FONT color=#ff0000 face=Papyrus><FONT size=+2>Reference Only</FONT></FONT></B></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"> <DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"Iron plate tsuba in mokko shape with omote and ura surfaces showing six kiku stamp designs. In terms of both the feel of the iron and the kozuka ana shape (hangetsu bitsu) confirms the early age of this tsuba. Rim is of Uchikaeshi type showing very good iron bones.<BR>Many Ko-tosho and Ko-katchushi guards with no open works were mounted on the swords of low-ranking samurai." (Haynes & Long)</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="SaotomeTsu_files/72.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle width="50%"><DIV align=left><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+1 face=Papyrus>"Each of the six kiku stamp designs consist of three kiku's. Each design has the special symbolic meaning of endurance, integrity, and longevity and displays a feeling of patriotism or traditional aesthetic." (Long) </FONT></B></DIV><BR><BR><BR> <DIV align=center><B><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>7.6cm x 7.85cm x 0.20cm (plate) - 0.50cm (rim)</FONT></B></DIV></TD> <TD> <CENTER><IMG src="SaotomeTsu_files/73.jpg" width=470 height=500></CENTER></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER> <HR color=#000080 SIZE=3 width="80%"> <CENTER> <TABLE border=0 width="80%" cols=1> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <DIV align=center> <P><FONT color=#000080 size=+2 face=Papyrus>A Collaboration of Robert E. Haynes and Elliott D. Long</FONT></P></DIV></TD></TR> <TR> <TD> <DIV align=left> <P></P></DIV></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></CENTER><BR> <CENTER><FONT color=#993300 size=+3 face=Papyrus> <TABLE border=0 width="90%"> <TBODY> <TR> <TD vAlign=middle align=center><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Return To <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/tsuba.htm">Tsuba Collective</A></FONT><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Robert Haynes &nbsp; <A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/haynesarticles.htm">Articles</A></FONT>&nbsp;--&nbsp;<FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus><A href="http://www.shibuiswords.com/haynestutorial.htm">Tutorial</A></FONT><BR><FONT size=+2 face=Papyrus>Email to <A href="mailto:elliott@shibuiswords.com">Shibui Swords</A></FONT> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></FONT></CENTER></BODY></HTML>